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Giants claim Kyle Barraclough from Nationals

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It’s “if you claim a guy off waivers he’s all yours” season, and the Giants just claimed a guy off waivers: reliever Kyle Barraclough, most recently with the Washington Nationals.

Barraclough had a beastly 6.66 ERA in 33 appearances for the Nats this year, offering more than his fair share of assistance to that club’s bullpen woes. He still strikes out a lot of guys — 10.5 per nine innings — and his walk rate is actually better this year than it was last year. The problem was that he gave up hits like it was his job [note: it is decidedly NOT his job; quite the opposite, actually], allowing 11.6 base hits per nine.

The Giants are going to send him to Triple-A Sacramento in hopes that he figures it out a bit.

Mike Trout and Christian Yelich win the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards

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Major League Baseball announced today that Mike Trout and Christian Yelich have been selected as the American League and National League winners of the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards. The Hank Aaron Award, which was established in 1999, recognizes “the most outstanding offensive performers in each league.” A fan vote is part of it. A special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron weighs in as well.

Yellich, who is a back-to-back winner of the Award in the NL, led the Majors with a .671 slugging percentage and a 1.100 OPS, while leading the National League in batting average (.329), WAR (7.3) and OBP (.429). It was his third straight year with at least 100 runs scored and he set career-highs with 44 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He was the NL Player of the Week twice and stands a good chance of winning the NL MVP Award, though a late season injury will make it a pretty close vote.

Trout, who previously won the award in 2014, led the Majors with a .483 on-base percentage while leading the American League with a .645 slugging percentage and a 1.083 OPS. He was second in the AL with a career-best 45 home runs, was second i WAR (8.3) and, like Yelich, was a two-time Player of the Week winner. He too stands a good chance of wining the MVP though, he too, had a late season injury which could knock him down to second place.